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Meet Carl Tinstman, 2007 International Human Rights Award winner!
Carl holds two master’s degrees—an MPA from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia University. Soon after completing his academic work, he started working for the United Nations.
When asked about his career specialty, he replied that one should not have a specialty, rather one should adapt to the world’s problems. Regardless, Carl found that curing polio was his calling. He has worked at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, WHO Headquarters in Geneva and the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. His involvement with the UN and WHO has spanned over various countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Sudan and Pakistan.
When asked what he considers the biggest successes of his careers, his answer was two-fold. He replied that the most obvious is the near eradication of polio. He spent five years full time at the UN working with the WHO in a partnership called the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Another success was preventing a famine in Sudan. Carl headed a UN humanitarian operation in war-torn Sudan called Lifeline Sudan and coordinated with 3 other UN agencies and 40 other non-governmental organizations. Carl significantly reduced the amount of projected famine fatalities.
Next, we spoke about the world’s biggest threats. Carl believes that global climate change is the greatest threat facing the world today. However, he argued the current politicians are not taking the right steps in order to fix the environmental problem. Another short run problem is “the interplay of injustice and inequality” in which people become more susceptible to terrorist messages.
Carl still hasn’t stopped. He volunteers his time and consults for polio eradication three months out of the year. He recently visited Pakistan in order to come closer to the 100% polio eradication goal. He has been a member of UNA Boulder for several years and believes in its mission of educating people about the principles of the United Nations. He believes that with increased membership and support, UNA Boulder will be able to contribute to the efforts of the UN.
Thank you Carl for making a difference in the world!